Pupils take their learning outside

Young pupils at Marine Park First School using their new outdoor classroom.
Young pupils at Marine Park First School using their new outdoor classroom.

Pupils have been getting used to new surroundings, thanks to support from parents.

Youngsters at Marine Park First School, in Whitley Bay, are enjoying their new outdoor classroom, which was officially opened last week by Mayor Norma Redfearn.

The timber building – paid for after a fundraising drive by the school’s parent teacher association (PTA) and the school – has been designed to offer outdoor learning, play, community use and shelter for pupils and parents.

Headteacher Stephen Easton said: “We are so pleased with the new outdoor classroom and we’re really looking forward to using it.

“By creating the new classroom, we’re going to be able to take more lessons outside and enrich the children’s learning.

“We are especially grateful to the school’s PTA for their sizeable donation, without which it could not have been built.”

It has space for two classes to use it at the same time.

, the building is split into two sides; one with benches around the edge with large seating area in the centre and the other has benches and tables.

Mrs Redfearn said: “I was delighted join the staff, children, the PTA and school community to officially open their new outdoor classroom.”

“It’s a fantastic addition to the already wonderful learning environment at Marine Park First School.

“The outdoor classroom provides an exciting and imaginative place for the children to learn, while also providing a great place for the community to hold their own events. I was also delighted to hear that it had been built by a local firm.

“I look forward to hearing how the classroom benefits the school and the local community over the coming months.”